Five experssway contractors replaced in northern Vietnam

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Vietnam's transport ministry has replaced five contractors of a northern expressway project, as requested by the minister, in order to expedite work on it.


Transport minister Dinh La Thang, who took the position last month, visited the Hanoi-Thai Nguyen expressway project early this month.


He said the project investor, Project Management Unit No.2 under the ministry, the contractors and supervision advisors have not cooperated well to proceed with the project effectively, news website Dan Tri reported Sunday.


As the project is now a year behind schedule, Thang said that the contractors need to be replaced.


Planned for completion in 2013, the 61.3 kilometer expressway is considered an important path connecting Hanoi to the north of the city.


Early this month, the minister also replaced the chief of the passenger terminal project at the Da Nang International Airport the same day he visited the project.



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The terminal, costing US$64.22 million, was expected to open for service in the first quarter 2010 and then extended until the end of 2011, but the top supervisor John Malig said that would be impossible.


As the investor and contractors made different excuses for the lateness which Thang found "a joke," he replaced project head Do Tat Binh, deputy director of the Southern Aviation Port Corporation, with Dang Hong Cuong, current chief manager of the project.


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